Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AK Earns EXPERT Author Status

AK has been dubbed an Expert Author by EZineArticles.com for 3 articles appearing on it's site. EZine is a fantastic resource website for anyone researching anything! Industry and independent experts share insight and wisdom via concise articles accessible to anyone. Something students & journalists will love is EZine lists proper MLA & APA citation format below every article. How about that?

Click here to go to AK's Expert Page, sign up for email alerts whenever AK posts a new article so you can be the first to read, rate and comment on it. We appreciate receiving your feedback!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Scariest Sight This Halloween

This Halloween, Don't Let The State Of Your Windows & Siding ... on Twitpic


Many metro-Atlanta homes are reaching the 10-20 year age range, the time when repairing or replacing windows and siding becomes a critical maintenance item. Home improvement experts agree that updating your windows and siding can help you save on energy bills, improve the look and infrastructure of your home and add long-lasting value. Who can afford not to maximize their homes value these days?

Click here to read more about your replacement options, available tax credits and energy efficiency information. Then, contact AK for your complimentary consultation!

Best, Green Intentions . . .

We want to share this article by Kiplinger's Personal Finance regarding consumers intentions and desires to buy "green." Kiplinger's identified 10 often cited green myths and tells you what the truth is behind all of them. And, maybe most importantly, how much money you may be throwing away by buying into these myths. Literally.

Read the article here!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

All About Wood!

So much of what AK does around Atlanta involves Wood! Cabinetry, floors, molding, furniture - wood, wood, wood and wood. But how often do we really stop to think about wood? Different species? What makes a solid wood? As you consider a remodeling project you may find yourself thinking about wood a little more often. You may find this will answer a lot of your questions, if not, email us!

Click here to read All About Wood!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Are You At Risk Of Losing Your Home? You May Be Suprised.

  Typically our blogs have to do with improving your home; but what good is that if you're afraid of losing it? Many people are under financial stress and may not realize that even just missing ONE mortgage payment greatly increases your chances of losing your home. Following the advice in the link below can help you avoid a bad situation before it gets worse.
   We sure hope you don't need these tips, and that you're just coming to our blog because you're considering starting a project. But if you are finding yourself in difficult situation - you're not alone. Remember, communication is the key to finding a solution.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What Is Your Renovation Requisite?

   By our own experience and what we hear from our peers, we know there are considerable people contemplating and starting home renovation projects. As compared to five, or even three years ago, the number of people undertaking these projects is smaller; but it's growing. Daily. Good news for those of us in the industry and comforting for those who would like to start projects of their own but who are a little weary of the marketplace.
  Whether you are a remodeler, or are considering remodeling, you may be interested in the breakdown (as we've see it) of who is starting projects now and how they are able to do so. The categories truly revolve around one question: What Is Your Renovation Requisite? (aka: what's most important to you about your renovation project?) The answer to this simple question can help any renovation company create a unique remodeling plan that will suit their client's most vital (cardinal, crucial, fundamental, integral, necessary & urgent) need!
    • If sticking to their budget is the most crucial factor in a client's renovation project, AK will offer free consulting services. Whether it is combing through our quote or a competitor's, our fourteen years of experience in the industry allow us to easily recognize what is a reasonable quote - and what is not. It also helps us look for alternate, lower priced options. These options could be finding less expensive plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinetry that still meet the client's quality standards or finding options for reusing existing items! An excellent example of reuse would be this kitchen facelift by AK; nearly all of the cabinetry in the kitchen was existing but was moved around the room to completely change the space! (You can see this kitchens dramatic before and after as part of this slide-show movie; click here!)
    • If a client begins the renovation process with a specific budget in mind AK can always offer them options. We are always happy to help educate clients on everything they can do with their current budget, and how much everything on their "wish list" would cost. See more about this in AK's Name Your Own Price blog.
    • If you were considering taking on a home renovation for multiple rooms, or even a complete tear-out when there was really only one aspect of the room you didn't like - then narrowing the scope of your project may be helpful. Through our personal meetings with clients, AK's goal is to discover what is the client's main motivation for considering a home renovation. Should lack of time, budget, desire or concerns of resale value interfere with the client's original plans - AK helps by offering ways to scale back the scope of the project. This way, together with the clients, AK can create a custom remodeling plan that solves the problem that was the client's main motivation for the renovation while keeping the project within time and budget constraints.
    • We've talked about serial remodeling, or phased remodeling before. See that blog here! Serial remodels, or phased remodeling projects, can go over several months and even years. For example, clients might opt to start slow with a remodel to a powder room or closet and then tackle a larger project, such as the kitchen, master bath or home addition. For clients who can’t fund the entire project upfront, breaking elements of a major home remodel into stages can help extend costs over time. Embarking on a series of smaller projects also keeps clients less stressed; and it is always AK's top priority to keep our clients happy!
    • Yes, for many 2009 renovation clients everything has been business as usual. This still means AK takes time to listen and understand our client’s renovation requisite and their final vision for their new space. We move forward in a timely manner and use only the finest products and materials, and guarantee impeccable quality. To learn more about AK's business as usual, click here!
We've shared our views, or breakdown of how we've experienced remodeling clients in 2009 - and how to anticipate the trend to go in 2010. But we'd like to hear from you! 
Please leave your comments: If you're a remodeler, do you agree with these categories? Would you add any?
If you're a remodeling client, or are considering a project, please tell us what your renovation requisite is!

Ed Cholfin
House Doctor
President, CAPS, PMP
Kitchen and Bathroom Designer
"Ensuring Your Renovation Project Brings You Long Lasting Enjoyment!"

Office: 1-866-282-6231Fax: 1-888-539-6734
Cell: 770-335-2694 Email: Ed@AKCompleteHomeRenovations.com

Visit our Website: www.AKAtlanta.com

Winner of the Atlanta 2007 Contractor of The Year Award for Best Kitchen and Best Interior, the GuildQuality GuildMaster with Distinction for 2007 & 2008 and the BBB 2008 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Friday, October 9, 2009

AK Makes Top 3 On List Of "25 Coolest Window Installers On Twitter"

CalFinder, the nationwide service connecting homeowners with contractors, created a list of their Top 25 Window Tweeps! CalFinder wrote:

"Everywhere you look, you see tweeters who are interested in all sorts of things from hobbies and sports to celebrity gossip. Heck, even celebrities are in on Twitter, and some are the most followed twirps out there! In the remodeling industry, there are certainly celebs and top tweeters as well, but drill down into each individual niche, interest or market, and you’ll find there are all kinds of people tweeting relative information to their space.

We put together a list of the 25 coolest windows installers on Twitter. We posted them as a lunch list where you can check out just what makes each member of the top 25 list so cool. Below, we’ll focus on the merits of the top five."

AK Was Ranked #3!

Of AK, CalFinder said: "It was hard for me to put these guys at #3 and not #1. They are by far the best at interacting out of everyone on this list. They always RT great tweets with great content, they never leave an @reply unanswered and they generally know their stuff when it comes to window replacement."

AK was ranked above well-known window manufacturers and installers such as JeldWen and Pella! You can see the full Top 25 List Here; it's already hitting tons of other websites and it is making its way all around twitter.

Get to know AK's valuable tweets by following AK on twitter - click here!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Putting A Price On Happiness

We all know money cannot buy happiness. Goodness knows it is easy to be swayed sometimes though. With the thousands of media images we all receive each and every day - drive this car, wear this watch, buy these shoes, drink this beer - it's tempting to think that these products may at least enhance our happiness. If only for a moment.

Have you ever stopped to think about how your expected "happiness quotient" factors into your buying decision? Usually the things we anticipate using for a long time we are willing to pay a little more for. For example, we may be willing to pay the extra money for a quality cashmere sweater because we know it is a classic item that we can wear for years to come. But we'd never pay cashmere prices for a polyester sweater; the quality wouldn't last through multiple washings and it is a fabric that is in and out of style quickly.

AK considers the happiness quotient frequently when we're working with our clients. As anyone who has completed a remodeling project knows, there is much more value to remodeling you home besides just monetary! It's very hard for clients, and for us to help them, put into perspective the intangible values of accommodating a home to your unique needs.

There are some things that we regularly ask when we visit someones home for the first time to assess the scope of their project:
  • What are the problems with this space?
  • What have you done to try to fix these problems? (Time? Money?) 
  • What would fixing these problems mean to your family?
  • How long would you enjoy this remodeled space?
  • How much is solving the problem and the associated enjoyment/improved quality of life worth to you and your family?
The answers to these questions can help our clients, and us, determine how critically a "space intervention" is needed in the home. If the need is a casual one, and the client can't envision a much improved quality of life, then spending the money on a professional remodel may not be right for them.

So maybe we still can't put a price on happiness; but hopefully we can help you come to a tangible representation (investment amount) that is worth spending to boost the intangible benefits (quality of life.) AK can help you with this decision when it comes to your home, but when you're shopping for that sweater we're afraid you're on your own!

(PS - You could've read this article last month when it came out in AK's September edition of the e-newsletter, FusioN. Now that you know what you're missing, sign up here!)

Ed Cholfin
President, CAPS, PMP
Kitchen and Bathroom Designer
"As a Home-Medic my Hippocratic duty is to ensure you receive the ultimate level of service while providing the quality construction necessary to complete your renovation project; ultimately helping to bring your family closer together."

Office: 1-866-282-6231 / Fax: 1-888-539-6734 / Cell: 770-335-2694
Email: Ed@AKCompleteHomeRenovations.com
Visit our Website: http://www.akatlanta.com/

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Winner of the Atlanta 2007 Contractor of The Year Award for Best Kitchen and Best Interior, the GuildQuality GuildMaster with Distinction for 2007 & 2008 and the BBB 2008 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.